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9:45 AM ET, July 24, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
In the Race With Google, It's Consistency vs. 'Wow'  —  When Google introduced its mapping service last year, it did something that made its competitors look antiquated.  Users could click on a map and drag it to see an adjacent area, a much faster approach than those offered by rival mapping services.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gotuit Furthers Television's Demise  —  Boston based Gotuit Media launched Gotuit late Sunday evening.  Gotuit offers users on-demand free premium content like music videos, sports clips and short films (the stuff that gets deleted from YouTube).  Find what you want, click it and watch it immediately.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Gotuit Launches Broadband Video Portal  —  Gotuit Media, an established player in on-demand video, today announced the launch of its new broadband video portal - Gotuit.com.  I got a sneak peak of the new portal and spoke with Mark Pascarella (president of Gotuit Media) and David Laubner …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Goes Offline  —  Hear that?  That's the sound of 80 million people hitting the refresh button.  —  MySpace, one of the world's most popular sites (perhaps the most popular), has suffered a major outage today - the URL fails to load at all.  At 6:40pm last night …
Discussion: Mark Evans and robhyndman.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Down Again  —  A power outage seems to have hit …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Public Betas of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server  —  Customers can immediately evaluate both products and begin the migration to an advanced secure messaging solution.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 24, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced availability …
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Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2
Discussion: Neowin.net
Darragh Johnson / Washington Post:
A Tough Call: Invisible Phone Or Invisible Friend  —  Crazy?  —  Or cellphone?  —  It's the latest sidewalk game in the urban canyon:  —  On K Street, a guy in a tie screams at the air: "Who do you think you are?"  —  In Dupont Circle, a woman downing dainty bites of a muffin ponders …
Kotaku:
Xbox 360 Messenger Bag Makes You Look Puffy  —  My 360 doesn't get much.  In fact, it doesn't get out at all.  Like me, the console lives out its daily existence at home.  Gear maker A.L.S. Industries has released a green ring 360 messenger bag for those that actually go out in the world and take their consoles with them.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Popgadget
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Kazaa, Skype, and now "The Venice Project"  —  Serial entrepreneurs Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are at it again, this time with a venture for distributing TV and other video over the Net  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the entrepreneurs who created the pioneering Web applications Kazaa and Skype …
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
AMD drops desktop processor prices by 47%  —  Sunnyvale (CA) - As expected, AMD rings in the next round of the processor price battle with Intel.  In an effort to remain competitive, the company today slashed the prices of all desktop processors.  In the strategically important field of socket AM2 CPUs …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Damien Mulley:
How to use Google to get a girl and get laid  —  Please note that this is both a humourous and cynical piece on dating using Google.  Try not to take this seriously.  —  This article is about using the many Google sites and applications to get yourself a girl and get yourself laid.
John Clark / New York Times:
Hollywood Clicks on the Work of Web Auteurs  —  Scenes from "MySpace: The Movie," created by David Lehre.  The 11-minute parody of the Web site MySpace and its users has had millions of hits since it first appeared on the site YouTube on Jan. 31.  —  EVEN as David Lehre's "MySpace: The Movie …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amie Street: Awesome New Music Model  —  A lot has happened in the music space recently that suggests a steady progression towards the sale of DRM-free music by the big labels.  In my opinion this progression/evolution is inevitable, and will be followed by a reduction in pricing towards zero …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Movie Business Challenge  —  This is an open challenge.  You come up with a solution, you get a job.  Seriously.  —  This is the problem that consumes me more than what Free Agent we are going to sign.  How to get the NBA to get their act together.  Which 7-11 Im going to run by to get a sandwich.
Devanshu / Science Addiction:
95 Theses of Geek Activism  —  Geek activism has not taken off yet, but it should.  With the gamers recognizing the need for a louder voice, EFF gaining momentum and Linux taking on the mainstream on the one hand and recent severe losses in privacy, freedom of speech and intellectual property rights …
Phill Ryu / The Phill Ryu Blog:
Shiira 2, Try It Out!  —  I've been itching to get my hands on Shiira 2 since I read the preview posted on Delusions of Grandeur a few days ago, and I'm sure you guys have too.  Which is why I was psyched when a MacThemesForums member found a link to a build uploaded the 19th.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Anna Konda: the firefighting snakebot  —  So it looks like firefighters may be the next unlucky professionals replaced by cheap robotic labor, at least if a snakebot built by the Foundation for Industrial and Scientific Research in Norway (SINTEF) ever makes it into mass production.
Discussion: Roland Piquepaille's … and digg
 
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Daniel Fleshbourne / Neowin.net:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG's MFFM20 shiny flash player
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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